It's fun to plan a vacation. Where will you go? What will you see? And most importantly: Where will you stay? Chances are you've stayed in numerous hotels or motels. Maybe even a bed and breakfast or a 5-star hotel or resort. Regardless of how nice the place you're staying is (or isn't), chances are you've wondered, "hmmm… what goes on behind the scenes here?" or "what hotel secrets are they not telling me this time?" You've definitely had second thoughts regarding exactly how clean the sheets are and anyone who's a fan of undercover reports knows that some hotels, or rather most hotels, are not as clean as you think.
This list of hospitality secrets covers some of the "well-known" secrets you might have heard before, some you would never ever think of, and most likely some hotel confessions from former employees that you will never ever forget. It might completely change the way you travel including how you book your vacation, and what you drink from the minibar.
Bottom line, and the most important tip to take away from this: be nice to the hotel staff. That means everyone: front desk, concierge, bell-hop, valet, and definitely the cleaning staff. You don’t want to experience some of the things they could do (or have done) to you. Also, a tip goes a long way!
Be Nice to the Staff
The hotel staff can do a lot for you in the way of free stuff and upgrades.They aren't required to do these things, but they are completely able to. You just have to be nice! Show them some love and they'll show it right back. Oh, and a tip goes a long way!
Cancel Your Reservation without Getting Charged
Shucks! You're all set to take off for your weekend getaway but now you have to work. On top of that, if you cancel the hotel room you're gonna get charged a cancellation fee. The best way to avoid that? Call the hotel and ask to change your booking to a later date. Then call back a few hours later (fingers crossed you get a different hotel employee) and cancel. The fee won't even matter because you've pushed out the date, and thus the cancellation time.
Source: Life Hacker
You Can Switch Rooms After You've Seen Yours
Tell the hotel staff if you don't like your room, or if it's not clean. They'll most likely be able to get you a different room. It's best to make sure the room is to your liking before you unpack. This saves you (and the cleaning staff) some time!
The Bellman Is the Keeper of All
Don't disregard the bell-hop. He or she can hook you up with free water bottles, free valet parking, free tours, free dry cleaning, or even an upgrade to a better room. All you have to do is ask. He or she might even be able to score you some food if you check in during the middle of the night and need some snacks.